SPAIN. Thermal ATM issues  2OO4 T97 (105)
11-M. Madrid. European Day of Victims of Terrorism
Date of issue :
April 2004 (1st know date: 06.04.04 / Phil.S.: 14.05.04)
47 x 26,5 mm. - Format type 3
Paper :
Thermal phosphorescent self adhesive
Printing process : Offset and invisible ink
Imprint :
Thermal on black
Values / Set :
0,01 € to 99,99 € / Set Ph.S.: 0,27-0,52-0,77 €
Design and printer :
RCM-FNMT. Real Casa de la Moneda - Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre
Reference / Printing :
90104 / 20.000.000 of labels (approx.)
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It's a special mourning ATM issue.
The labels has been manufactured again by the RCM-FNMT and, for the first time, include the printing with invisible ink of the postal logo in the basis or paper, like the ATM issues manufactured by SIGNE, S.A.

The European Parliament has declared 11 March the European Day of Victims of Terrorism. This date will remain etched in everyone’s mind following the terrible attack perpetrated in Madrid, and the postal service is showing its support with the issue of a stamp (issued on April 2nd., 2004), a booklet of self-adhesive stamps and an ATM, as a tribute to the victims.

At the end of March, Correos sent an order to all the post offices in Spain informing about the reception of this new issues and asking their priority and exclusive use in all the shipments until sold out.

Booklet with 8 self-adhesive stamps - tariff "A" (inland postal rate).
This brutal attack caused great alarm throughout the international community, and messages of condemnation, revulsion and indignation poured in from all corners of the globe. 
The President of the European Parliament, the Irishman Pat Cox, expressed his deepest sadness and feelings of pain with the following words: “No more bombs, no more deaths. Together we will end terrorism”.
The European governing body had originally planned to declare 11 September the European Day of Victims of Terrorism, but the terrible events that occurred in Madrid led them to change the date to 11 March.
The support and solidarity shown both by ordinary Spanish people and by national and international bodies and institutions have been a memorable feature following this act of violence, which has unfortunately become the largest and most bloody incident ever suffered in Europe, with 200 people from 17 different countries dead and more than 1.600 injured.
The stamp shows a black ribbon symbolising condemnation of the attack and the fundamental rejection of violence. This symbol of mourning has been displayed on the screens of all public and private TV broadcasters, as well as being worn on the lapels of many people throughout Spain.

In 1997 the postal service issued a stamp featuring a blue ribbon in condemnation of the kidnapping and murder of Ermua councillor Miguel Angel Blanco.

(From the Correos web site)

Commemorative cover with mixed franking ATM and gummed stamp, and the 1st day postmark of the stamp (and not the ATM !).

Text: Dia Europeo de las Victimas del terrorismo. Madrid 2 Abril 2004 / European Day of the Victims of Terrorism. Madrid April 2nd, 2004

Paper and design varieties, errors ...

The adhesive labels of this model, again manufactured by the RCM-FNMT, show a cyclical manufacture error. The design move downwards on each label and jump to the starting point each 21 supports.

The images show the 2 extreme positions:

1 = 22
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